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Season 13 Episode 16

Crisis of Conscience

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 2007 on NBC
8.6
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Luka and Gates finds themselves at moral odds when treating a woman suffering liver failure. Abby cares for a couple with injuries resulting from an unusual ceremony as well as a fortune-teller with a prediction for her future. Neela prepares for another kidney transplant, but something seems amiss to her, leading to a confrontation with Dubenko. Ray treats the victim of an unusual fall, and Alex's troubles continue to intrude on Sam's work life.moreless

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  • Moral dilemmas

    8.6
    I adored the storyline with Gates and the family where mother is brought in with liver damage and she is dying. Gates treats her and starts to suspect that this might be suicide. After taking with one of her sons he starts to understand the reasons behind her act and why and so when she is crashing, he is not rushing to save her and he has some talking with Luka to do. And the ending.. when Luka goes and changes the paper as he feels something to the case too. What was right? What was wrong.. and when we think this is solved the last talk with Gates and the son change everything again.



    And then ofcourse the donor transplant the money involved. The choice Dubenko makes and what Neela does.



    I love the writing of this episode - those cases, the questions risen.moreless
  • Stories on moral dilemmas.

    10
    Most tragic story: Anna Hayes, the patient with acute liver failure. Seeing her older son being so indifferent is creepy! Gates finds out that Anna's condition is caused by a suicide attempt. Later when Anna crashes Gates is going through the motions very slowly. I can see his dilemma, but I still find that unethical.

    Sweetest scene: Abby and Luka discussing Abby's "ring policy" and their secret engagement. Great to see Luka being "as good as new" again, after the injuries he got two episodes ago. 2nd sweetest scene: The Wiccans scene.

    Funny scene: Abby's epileptic patient can see into the future and asks Abby to invite her dad to the wedding!

    Good scene: Luka telling off Gates for not telling the truth. (But at the end of the day he changes the death certificate himself..... "Do as I say, not as I do", right?)

    Most upsetting story: The cheerleader with ruptured spleen caused by her "friends" kicking her.

    Sad scene: Alex has been stealing money from a laundromat. Sam is in tears after telling off Alex.

    Difficult story: Manish selling his kidney for $50 000. Neela faces a dilemma and tries to do the right thing, but Dubenko doesn't want to know.moreless
  • Conscience.

    9.0
    Conscience played the stimulus for this episode with both Neela and Gates facing dilemas.



    Gates arrogance of making that second decisions double-crossed him with the deceit of the oldest brother having helped his mother on the road to suicide.A development that entangled Luka who became a hypocrite after reprimanding Gates about lying on the Medical records only to go and do so himself.



    Neela faced a similar dilema after discovering the Nature of Neesh's decision to donate his kidney.Money.Neela's cry for help to Ray somewhat cemented the possible future of a relationship between the two.However despite Neela's best efforts to prove the illegal action of selling body parts the surgery went ahead and both Gates and Neela were shown in the elevator in dismay at the latter incidents. Alex continues to cause chaos and emotional strain on Sam's life; scenes of her pleading with Alex implied uncertainty in her future with Alex.



    Scenes with Abby and Luka showed the giddy full of love feeling between the two after the proposal.The pair are finally in a place where it is all smiles and they communicate which was absent previously.I particularly enjoyed Luka telling wiccans they were getting married much to Abby's humourous dismay.moreless
  • A good episode, but not memorable.

    9.0
    'Crisis of Conscience' was a good episode, dealing with the necessary ER themes, moral dilemmas, and conflicts between life in- and outside of the ER...but there was nothing in this episode that you would think about a season later, or even a few episodes later, and think "Hey, remember that...?"



    My thoughts? Actually I have really few. I mean, the end credits just rolled up and less than a minute later I had already forgotten everything that happened in this episode, save the Jane and Crenshaw scenes that made me shudder, Andy Dick the epileptic psychic (strange,yes, but it was comic relief), Sam feeling nostalgic for classic Alex, and somehow believing that her son would have needed a baking soda-and-vinegar volcano in kindergarten, and Sarah trying to replace Megan in Tony's life (again, slightly creepy).



    Oh, and for some reason I kept noticing how tall Linda Cardellini isn't. Alex is taller than she is, and he hasn't even hit that growth-spurty age yet, and also especially when she was standing on a stool to assist a patient in a bed...not that I think anything negative of it, I had just never noticed it before (Besides, I just checked, and she's half an inch taller than I am).



    Shining quote of the day?

    Abby Lockhart: Did I mention that I hate cheerleaders?moreless
  • Neela and Ray?

    9.0
    I'm sensing that there's still a chance for Ray and Neela and I really really wish it's gonna happen. Let's face it: there's no place for her in Tony's life right now and she needs to be with someone who truly cares. And Ray does. He always did.

    I also liked Neela's struggle with her conscience when she found out the donor was actually getting money for donating his liver. I think she did the right thing and I'm really wondering how she's keeping up with her colleagues. IMO they are so difficult.

    Anyway, Luka and Abby should anounce their engagement, otherwise it seems like they don't really wanna do that step. Btw I thought Abby really wanted to tell everyone, but he was not sure... is he backing out? Hope not!moreless
Andy Dick

Andy Dick

Tommy

Guest Star

Sean Young

Sean Young

Anna Hayes

Guest Star

John Antonini

John Antonini

Off. Jeff Greenberg

Guest Star

Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Jane Figler

Recurring Role

Leland Orser

Leland Orser

Dr. Lucien Dubenko

Recurring Role

J. P. Manoux

J. P. Manoux

Dr. Dustin Crenshaw

Recurring Role

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